You guys have been open for 20 years now. What motivates you to keep going? What’s the funnest part about running the store?
Honestly, it’s the best job in the world. I love finding new stuff. I’m quite nosy and interested in people. I like the drama of visual merchandising. I like to research and write and talk about retail. And I’m quite competitive. It lets me do all of those things. And I am extremely lucky to be surrounded by a group of brilliant colleagues who do their jobs extremely well and with a great deal of passion and care. I think having a great team has become one of the nicest things.
Things have definitely changed throughout those years, what would you point out as the biggest changes?
Obviously much of traditional retail is going through a difficult time at the moment but I think, and hope, that some of these structural changes will create a space for good independent retailers to thrive. On a more personal note I think we’ve become more confident and bullish over the years and it has enabled us to have a bit more fun.
Most of our readers may not know much about Winchester, what should they know?
Winchester is a cathedral city in the South of England, about an hour from London. Its Roman name was Venta Belgarum. It was once the capital city of England. King Alfred died here. Jane Austen lived here. And it’s a really lovely place to live and work.
What do you love about your city? Can you share your 5 favourite spots in Winchester with us?
Go and see the 13th century tiles in the retro choir of the cathedral
Check out the Antony Gormley in the crypt (particularly if it is flooded)
Take a walk round the Water Meadows and have coffee at the Bike Hub café
See a movie at one of Cabinet Rooms tiny and perfectly formed screenings
Browse the shelves at P & G Wells, an amazing local bookshop
Thank you, Victoria!